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Last updated: 13 January 2020
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Time:c. 18:55 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia
Owner/operator:54 Squadron Royal Air Force (54 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N3187
C/n / msn: 428
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 5 miles off Margate, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1a N3187: First Flown 22-11-39. To RAF at 24MU 25-11-39. Issued to 54 Squadron, RAF Hornchurch, Essex 16-12-39 as KL-E. Written off (presumed destroyed) when Failed To Return from a Patrol off Margate, Kent, 18-5-40; pilot missing presumed killed. (Officially described as "Pilot Officer J D B McKenzie: report of death; Spitfire N3187 failed to return from an operational flight, 11 May 1940)".

Took off from RAF Hornchurch, Essex at 18:25 hrs with one other 54 Squadron Spitfire to Patrol over the English Channel/North Sea approaches. Last reported position was five mils North of Margate, Kent. Shortly afterwards, the Section Leader realised that his No.2 (Spitfire N3187) was missing. A search and rescue effort was made, but no trace of the Spitfire or its pilot was ever found.

Crew: Pilot Officer John Douglas Brourton McKenzie (pilot, aged 26, Service Number 40726). Son of Thomas and Ada Ann McKenzie, of Riccarton, Canterbury, New Zealand. As no trace of the aircraft or pilot was ever found, he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/252:

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Revision history:

19-Jun-2019 22:41 Dr. John Smith Added
21-Jun-2019 14:30 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
13-Jan-2020 19:37 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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